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Seneca County Mental Health reiterates mission, hours following South Seneca tragedy

Following the tragedy in South Seneca the Seneca County Community Counseling Center, otherwise known as the County Mental Health Department reiterated it’s vision for a community without suicide, and it’s dedication to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide through education, advocacy, and resources.

Led by Margaret Morse, who serves as Director of Community Services – Seneca County Mental Health is encouraging the community take the following steps:

1 – Recognize suicide as a preventable national and state public health problem and declare suicide prevention as a priority;

2 – Work together to promote awareness that there is no single cause for suicide, and that suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition; and

3 – Work together to continue developing and implementing strategies that increase access to quality mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention services.

They note that the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a number of resources available to the public, which provide clarity on warning signs, risk factors, statistics, and treatment.

Those interested in learning more about warning signs and risk factors can visit www.afsp.org/about-suicide/ to learn more.

Seneca County Community Counseling, located on Thurber Drive is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Staff is available during those hours to assist those in crisis.

Open Access / Walk-In Hours as Follows:

Monday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 – 11 a.m. & 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Friday: 8 – 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 – 3 p.m.

The Finger Lakes Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1. Visit www.211lifeline.org to learn more.

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